Are you prepared for opportunity or not?
Today I want to ask you a very profound question: when it's all said and done, how would you like to leave this planet?
There are many different ways for looking back at one's life retrospectively. Today we are going to look at 2 of them that can fill you with joy and pride…OR despair…
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I actually had a really big win. Remember that I told you yesterday I got this course because there was one thing that I wanted in there. I took action straight away. One take away from whatever it is that you're studying is that you need to take action.
I took immediate action on it and I got immediate results, which was a really, really cool. And this is going to save me years! So I woke up this morning. I saw the good news. And yeah, it was a pretty big win. So a very good day for me.
So today I want to talk to you about a quote that I saw about Bruce Lee. So hopefully everybody knows about Bruce Lee. I grew up with Bruce Lee and there was this quote, It's not word for word, but basically he had a student telling him basically, dude, you're teaching me how to fight, but you keep telling me that you're for peace and you should avoid fighting at any cost. So which one is it peace? Is it fighting?
And Bruce Lee said, look, it's better to be a warrior in a garden than to be a gardener in a war.
And I absolutely love this quote because it is what we do here in this business. We can translate that and use that same analogy in business.
So if you've been following me for a while, maybe you understand my definition of success. What actually makes success? It’s where preparation meets opportunity, OK. Nobody wakes up one day and is successful.
And I think the example that I gave you was, you know, if you throw me in the final of a world tennis event. I have the opportunity, but I suck man. I haven't trained for 20 years to be there. I'm not going to win the final. I'm going to look like an idiot.
So it's not like because you throw me in that final that all of a sudden I can beat Roger Federer. All right. And the reason why Federer is going to beat me is because this dude has been training his whole life. All right. So success is a combination of both. You need both components in order to be successful. And a lot of people don't realize this.
And I think Messi, Lionel Messi, I think he said something. I have the exact quote here. He said this,” It took me 17 years 11 months and 14 days to become an overnight success”. The dude has been working his ass off since he was like three or four or something. And then one day you blow up and people think he came out of nowhere. No, it's not the case.
Are you prepared for opportunity or not?
OK, so why am I saying this? Like, why is this Bruce Lee quote? So basically he's telling you to do martial arts, for example. The first thing you need to understand is martial arts is not the main thing that you see on television. Some bloodthirsty brutes who just want to punch people in the face and stuff. And people think that, well, this is what martial art is.
So normally with martial arts, the first thing you need to do is avoid fighting at all costs. It teaches you how to stay put, how to stay calm in those situations and not panic. Because you've trained so much that you can keep a cool head.
So first thing is, don't fight. But if you have to, then you need to be prepared and know how to do it. And this is the message that Bruce Lee was conveying to his students.
So now in business, what does that mean? What would you rather have in your life? You know, when you're at the end of your life, you're on your deathbed and stuff. So would you prefer having trained for something? So you've trained, you've gathered knowledge, you became a better person, a smarter person every single day.
Or would you basically have an opportunity that presents itself, but you're just not ready and you miss it. And if you ask me I say the second option is really not an option for me. I think that must be the worst thing of oh man, I had this thing that could have changed my life. I blew it. I think that will be, I mean, for me will be a hundred times worse.
And if you take that analogy with Bruce Lee, he's preparing people for that opportunity. So the opportunity is, dude, you're in the garden, OK. So the opportunity is not necessarily there, but keep training because maybe one day there'll be a war and then you will be prepared for it.
You don't have anything to lose by learning stuff. That's the beauty of it. You only win by learning. You learn stuff, you become smarter, and you become a better person. You understand the world a lot better. Your surroundings, you make better connections, better relationships and stuff.
So you are going to be prepared. So with opportunities as well, you have to understand that it's not just the opportunity that presents itself and it's like pure chance, OK, you can actually influence that. You can make sure that the opportunity presents itself. You have an active role in it as well.